When you’re meditating, does it ever feel like you‘re struggling or working hard? Do you have a sense that you should be having a different experience? Even in times like these you can learn to rest and relax. Today we’re exploring the Buddhist meditation skill of “right effort”—being fully in the present while naturally moving toward more peace, clarity, and awareness.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook "The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight," written by Richard Shankman. This audiobook is a practical guide to building a strong meditation practice using mindfulness, concentration, and insight.
Developing the meditation skill of “right effort” will help you let go of struggle and fully open to the present moment. You’ll learn to meet yourself with kindness, compassion, and a sense of exploration and experimentation.
What happens when the ground beneath your feet gives way? A relationship ends unexpectedly, success turns to failure overnight, a loved one dies, or you receive a diagnosis out of the blue. In times of deep uncertainty, we often have the sense that our world is spinning out of control. Jeff Foster studied astrophysics at Cambridge University. He now holds meetings around the world, gently pointing people back to the deep acceptance inherent in the present moment. In this episode, we’re sharing an excerpt from Jeff’s audiobook, "Falling in Love with Where You Are"—where he offers comforting and inspiring wisdom for times of deep uncertainty.
We all have access to a deep well of inner wisdom—a source we can draw on for clarity when determining the best course of action in any area of life.
But when we’re in the midst of stressful and challenging times, it can be difficult to access inner wisdom.
In this episode we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook "The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit," written by psychologist Amy Johnson. Dr. Johnson draws on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality to illustrate a profound truth: your mental patterns are the result of simple brain wiring that can be easily changed.
Today Dr. Johnson discusses the spiritual component of breaking a habit—though the advice she shares applies to any area of life where we need to access inner wisdom—the deep knowing of our true self.
Do you ever find yourself wishing your life were different than it is? If only we could wave a magic wand and fix the annoying job, the inconsiderate friend, or the distant partner. But we can’t. The good new is, we don’t need to. Chuck Hillig, author of the audiobook "Seeds for the Soul: Living as the Source of Who You Are" shares a profound insight: the key to how to live your best life isn’t outside you—it’s within you.
Chuck speaks to those who are looking to take control of our lives and escape the feelings of helplessness that often plague periods of stress and pain. He believes that you can live your best life by beginning to look at your feelings and experiences differently. He inspires us to explore our own vast potential and start taking ownership of our lives and live as the source of who we are.
In this episode, Chuck Hillig takes on a big, amorphous subject: Feelings. If you’re hesitant to feel your feelings or address them head on, then this audiobook excerpt may inspire you to investigate your own misconceptions about feelings. Chuck asks us to consider the possibility that there is no such thing as a “good or bad” feeling. In fact, there is liberation in feeling everything!
How do you find happiness? First, by realizing that happiness is always available. The moment you see the truth of this, you can be happy right away. You don’t need to do anything else. The question is—are you available to happiness?
Think of your worst habit. How many times have you tried to break free of it? Why is it that for all our good intentions and heroic willpower we’re often unsuccessful, and end up right back where we started? How can we overcome bad habits for good? Today's episode...
Are you good at grasping, but not so skilled at letting go? Dr. Susan Thoele discusses the many benefits of mindfulness, including awareness, maturity, and peace. She talks about being kind to yourself as you develop the ability to let go. While it’s easy to understand the wisdom of letting go, actually doing so can be challenging, and she offers great tips to practice and develop this skill.
In the episode, Dr. Thomas Bien, author The Buddha's Way of Happiness, explains why our harmful habits can be so incredibly difficult to break. You’ll be inspired by the Buddha’s wisdom, and learn that real change is possible when you avoid the trap of black and white thinking about your habits.